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The Importance of Building System Cleaning and Disinfection – Hospitality

Tank cleaning and disinfection: Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially fatal form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, first gained notoriety in 1976 following an American Legion Conference in Philadelphia. Since then, it has remained a significant public health concern, particularly in buildings with intricate water systems. Legionella bacteria thrive in water sources, especially when conditions allow for their growth and dissemination. While Legionnaires’ disease cannot be transmitted from person to person, it poses a serious threat, especially to high-risk groups such as males over 45 years old, heavy smokers, alcoholics, and individuals with weakened immune systems or underlying health conditions like kidney disease or cancer.

Statistics suggest that Legionnaires’ disease affects thousands annually, with a significant portion linked to contaminated building water systems. Understanding the causation chain is crucial: Legionella must infiltrate a water system, proliferate under favourable conditions, disseminate in aerosol form, and ultimately be inhaled by susceptible individuals. Factors such as nutrient availability, temperature, and time play critical roles in facilitating Legionella growth and dissemination.

To mitigate the risk, effective cleaning and disinfection of hot and cold water systems are paramount. The Health and Safety Executive (HSG 274 p42) recommends controlling Legionella growth by keeping water systems clean and free from contaminants and corrosion, which can serve as nutrient sources for bacteria. Routine inspections and cleaning of water tanks become imperative, especially upon detecting debris or contamination, to ensure the health and safety of building occupants.

Different water systems require different approaches. Gravity tank-fed systems, frequent in commercial properties, often employ Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) tanks. These tanks, while durable, may deteriorate over time, manifesting issues like stress cracking or rusty bolts. Thorough inspection and maintenance protocols become essential in preserving the integrity of these systems.

Cleaning and disinfection methods vary, with chemical disinfection being a primary recommendation. Pre-disinfection may be warranted in certain scenarios, such as the presence of contaminants like dead organisms or pigeon excrement in the tank. Ensuring the thorough distribution of disinfectant to all outlets within the system, including showers and taps, is paramount to achieve comprehensive disinfection and mitigate risks effectively.

Understanding when to clean and disinfect tanks is equally crucial. Regular monitoring and risk assessments should prompt cleaning if the tank contains debris, sludge, scale, or traces of vermin. Tanks storing drinking water should undergo annual cleaning, and any alterations to the tank or pipework systems should prompt thorough disinfection to prevent contamination. Refer to page 26 of the HSG274 for easy to follow guidance https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg274part2.pdf

Understanding the Varieties Found Within Buildings

Within the intricate framework of building infrastructure, water systems play a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth functioning of various operations. Understanding the diverse types of water systems found within buildings is crucial for effective maintenance and management.

Systems Fed Directly from the Mains:

These systems draw water directly from the public water supply, providing a convenient and reliable source of water for building occupants.

Gravity Tank-Fed Systems:

Gravity tank-fed systems involve tanks positioned above the outlets, typically located in attic spaces or dedicated tank rooms on the roof. In tall buildings or areas with insufficient mains pressure, gravity tanks ensure a steady flow of water by utilizing gravity to create pressure. Boosted water systems, which employ pumps to strengthen water pressure, are a common feature in gravity tank-fed setups.

GRP Tanks – Glass Reinforced Plastic:

Among the most frequent types of tanks found in commercial properties, GRP tanks boast durability and versatility.

Despite their durability, sectional GRP tanks may develop leaks after being drained and refilled. This occurs due to the water pressure inside the tank, which pushes the seals together. Leaks typically manifest at the mating face between the walls and base panels, requiring prompt attention to prevent water wastage and potential damage.

Managing Tank Deterioration:

Stress Cracking:

An increasing issue observed in Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) tanks is stress cracking. These cracks typically manifest internally on the lip of panels and signal the end of the tank’s life cycle. Stress cracking compromises the structural integrity of the tank, leading to potential leaks upon refilling. While tank lining may temporarily address small leaks, the ultimate solution lies in tank replacement to prevent further damage and ensure long-term reliability.

Rusty Bolts:

Rusty bolts within GRP tanks often indicate underlying issues stemming from incorrect installation practices or exposure to disinfectants like chlorine. Incorrect bolt usage, where galvanized bolts intended for dry external flanges are mistakenly used for wetted surfaces, can accelerate rust formation. Additionally, chlorine exposure during disinfection processes can rapidly corrode stainless steel bolts. Thorough rinsing of surfaces above the water line post-disinfection is crucial to mitigate corrosion risks.

Capacity and Design:

Understanding the capacity and design of tanks is fundamental for maintenance personnel. Generic terms like “50-gallon tanks” denote common domestic plastic tanks, which come in various designs, some easier to clean than others. Poorly fitting lids and insulation can exacerbate issues like airlocks, affecting the tank’s functionality. Ensuring accurate measurement of tank capacity and awareness of design nuances are crucial for effective maintenance planning and execution.

At Dantek, we specialize in all Legionella control services, including tank cleaning and disinfection tailored to the hospitality industry. For further inquiries or assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our sales team at 01454 417920 or via email at sales@dantek.co.uk.

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Water Hygiene and Treatment for Education – Dantek Ltd

Water Hygiene and Treatment for Education: In the diverse world of education, where safety and quality are paramount, ensuring the well-being of students and staff is of utmost importance. From the classroom environment to the water systems that support daily activities, each detail plays a significant role.

Who is Dantek?

We distinguish ourselves as more than just a typical water treatment company. Our unwavering dedication to Water Hygiene and Treatment services throughout the South West and West Midlands region positions us as a reliable ally in maintaining the utmost water safety standards. Our mission is straightforward: to assist educational institutions in complying with ACOP L8 and HSG274 regulations while efficiently managing water systems securely and cost-effectively.

Why Choose Dantek for Education?

In an industry where transparency, compliance, and expertise are crucial, we offer a winning combination that distinguishes us from the rest:

  • Transparent Pricing: Our pricing structure is clear and concise, ensuring that you receive detailed quotes promptly, enabling you to make well-informed decisions swiftly.
  • Legionella Control Association (LCA) Membership: We have been a proud member of the LCA since 2007, ensuring that our clients align with the latest HSE guidelines and industry best practices.
  • Customer-Centric Approach: We don’t just provide a service; we become your partners in water safety. By actively listening to your concerns and requirements, we leverage our extensive experience to offer tailored solutions for common water-related challenges in educational settings.
  • Efficient Scheduling: Our dedicated office team collaborates with clients to schedule service appointments with minimal disruption to educational operations and end users.
  • ISO9001 BSI Accreditation: Our commitment to quality is unwavering. We proudly hold an ISO9001 BSI accreditation, reaffirming our dedication to maintaining the highest industry standards.
  • Expert Technicians: Our field-based technicians undergo an extensive 11-part training program, developed in-house over the last 20 years. This ensures that the professionals handling your water systems are highly skilled and knowledgeable.
  • Elegant Electronic Logbook: Our web-based electronic logbook provides real-time reports of non-compliance. This tool enhances our ability to efficiently manage our contracts while maintaining affordability.

At Dantek, we specialise in delivering water hygiene services tailored specifically for educational settings with a focus on Legionella control. Our comprehensive range of Water Hygiene and Treatment services includes:

  • Legionella Risk Assessments: Drawing upon our wealth of experience, we are experts in conducting Legionella risk assessments for educational facilities. Our assessments encompass detailed asset registers, AutoCAD drawings, system condition evaluations, and actionable recommendations to ensure compliance.
  • Water Hygiene Monitoring: Our highly trained technicians perform regular temperature checks, tank inspections, and other essential assessments to guarantee that your systems consistently adhere to the highest standards.
  • Microbiological Monitoring: We exclusively use UKAS-accredited laboratories and provide comprehensive biological monitoring programs that encompass Legionella testing and potable water testing. Our team of experts not only performs these tests but also analyses the results, offering insights and recommendations.
  • Cleaning and Disinfection: In full compliance with HSE guidelines, our comprehensive cleaning and disinfection packages ensure the cleanliness and safety of your systems. We tailor our approach to the specific needs of your site, employing dedicated professionals and state-of-the-art resources.
  • Showerhead Cleaning and Disinfection: Our experienced team specializes in efficient and thorough cleaning and descaling services for showerheads, ensuring a safe and hygienic environment.

Additional Services: Beyond our core offerings, we provide a range of other services, including calorifier servicing, TMV servicing, water treatment, steam boiler servicing, softener servicing, chlorine dioxide units, and much more, to meet the diverse needs of educational institutions.

Don’t simply take our word for the level of service, expertise, and confidence our team offers. Below, you’ll find three testimonials from educational establishments that share their experiences with us.

5 Star Reviews

I have worked with Dantek on our campus at Birmingham City University for the last Six years. They have been our sole provider of water treatment servicing for the last four years. I cannot recommend them highly enough. They demonstrate to me daily my current compliance across the campus on their own bespoke compliance software which is a huge advantage. The management of the contract is seamless and regular meetings are delivered in a professional and concise manner.

All of the employees have vast knowledge which we have been able to draw on and continually improve the service they provide to us.

To sum up. Thank you Dantek for keeping us compliant and safe.

David Phillips, Estates and Facilities
Birmingham City University
As the Compliance Manager at Dean Close School, I am delighted to share my experience with Dantek. In a word, our experience with their team has been nothing short of amazing.
From the moment we first engaged with Dantek, their commitment to delivering excellent services became evident. The Head of Operations, Carol, stands out as an extraordinary leader. Her unwavering dedication and profound expertise have consistently surpassed our highest expectations. Not only is she exceptionally skilled in her role, but she is also an absolute joy to collaborate with. Within the operations team, particularly Sarah, we find remarkable problem solvers who skilfully navigate the particulars of a live school environment.
The Sales Team’s swiftness in delivering quotes is truly remarkable, showcasing their unwavering dedication to efficiency and responsiveness. This exceptional level of service has significantly optimised our workflows, enabling us to effortlessly arrive at well-informed decisions. Fiona, in particular, excels at ensuring our school stays on top of its requirements and maintaining regular communication to ensure our well-being.
Dantek’s technicians are a remarkable group. They are not only polite but also incredibly knowledgeable and technically excellent. Their expertise in the field is evident, and it’s clear they take pride in their work. We have complete confidence in their ability to address any issue promptly and effectively.
The Senior Leadership Team at Dantek has consistently shown that they have the best interests of their clients at heart. They are responsive, accommodating, and genuinely care about our needs and concerns. It’s reassuring to know that we have such a supportive team working alongside us.
A standout element that has significantly enhanced our compliance management is Dantek’s electronic logbook. It boasts a user-friendly interface and a readily accessible home screen, making it a breeze for us to effortlessly monitor our compliance status. This advancement has greatly streamlined our daily operations, which is essential as we oversee five schools and six nurseries situated across seven dispersed sites.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend Dantek to other educational settings. Their exceptional service, outstanding team, and unwavering commitment to excellence have made a significant positive impact on our operations at Dean Close School. Working with Dantek has been a game-changer, and we look forward to continuing this partnership in the future.
Mick Seamarks Compliance Manager
Dean Close Foundation
Dantek has been our trusted water hygiene partner for an extended period of time. They work with BCU to manage legionella control in a large and varied built estate. We have found Dantek to be an excellent company to work with. The on-site technicians are professional, courteous, and diligent, they take pride in the service they provide when on-site. This approach is also reflected in the service provided by the back office and management team who meet regularly with BCU to collaboratively manage our systems together. They provide a first-class service demonstrating knowledge, customer service and a willingness to always find new ways to improve the services they provide. The data provided by the online portal allows us to ensure we are compliant, and we can respond to any actions that are required in a timely manner.
Having worked with many Water Hygiene companies in my past roles I can say with confidence Dantek is the best company I have encountered in this sector and highly recommend them.
Andy Moseley MIWFM
Birmingham City University

Our dedication to compliance, customer satisfaction, and innovative technology positions us as a valuable partner in creating a safer educational environment. With a dedicated team, a track record of excellence, and a user-friendly electronic logbook, we’re transforming how educational institutions manage water systems. Learn more about our services and how we can enhance the safety of your educational establishment by visiting our website at http://www.dantek.co.uk, sending us an email at sales@dantek.co.uk, or giving us a call at 01454 417 920.

 

Thank You to Our Customers and Followers: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Dantek!

As the year draws to a close, we at Dantek want to express our gratitude to our customers, followers, and everyone who has been a part of our journey in 2023. 🙏🎉

Wishing You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🎄🥂

As we prepare to wrap up our work for the festive season and savor the delights of mulled wines and minced pies, we want to extend our warmest wishes for a wonderful Christmas. We deeply appreciate you all working with Dantek and we look forward to continuing our journey with you in the upcoming year. 🌟❄️

Behind the Scenes: Our Amazing Team 🌟👥

At Dantek, our success is built on the dedication and hard work of our incredible team. From the office to the field, every member plays a crucial role in delivering the exceptional service and water hygiene solutions that our customers rely on. 💪🏢🚀

The Operations Team: Our dedicated operations team prides itself on meticulous project planning and seamless coordination, guaranteeing the smooth execution of your projects. Their attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills shine whether they are orchestrating a 300-site contract, conducting a clean and disinfection operation at a school, or managing one of our monthly monitoring contracts. 📊🔍🏗️

Sales Team: Our sales team is the first point of contact for our customers. They work tirelessly to provide quick and accurate quotes, helping our clients make informed decisions about their projects. 💼📈📞

Administration Staff: Behind the scenes, our administration staff keeps our office running like a well-oiled machine. They handle everything from our electronic logbook and water sampling analysis to assistant scheduling. 📋💻🗂️

Water Hygiene Technicians: Our technicians are the experts in the field, bringing solutions to life. Their technical knowledge and commitment to excellence are evident in every project they undertake. They work diligently to ensure that everything is monitored, maintained, and recorded to the highest standards. 🛠️🚰🔬

Legionella Risk Assessment Experts: Our team of risk assessors holds a crucial responsibility in evaluating the water services at your locations. Their rigorous risk assessments meet the highest standards, and their technical expertise in water systems is exceptional, enabling them to provide comprehensive recommendations for effective legionella control on your premises. 🦠🔍💧

Finance Team: Behind every successful operation is a robust financial team, and ours is no exception. Our finance team manages the financial health of Dantek, ensuring that we can continue to provide the high-quality services you rely on. Their expertise in budgeting, financial planning, and resource allocation is vital to our stability and growth. 💰📊💼

HR Department: At the heart of Dantek is our HR department, which takes care of our most valuable asset – our people. They work tirelessly to recruit top talent, provide training and development opportunities, and foster a positive workplace culture. Their dedication to our team’s well-being ensures that we have a motivated and skilled workforce ready to meet your needs. 🤝👩‍💼👨‍💼

Marketing Team: Our marketing team plays a pivotal role in connecting with our customers and spreading the word about the innovative solutions and services we offer. Their creativity, strategic thinking, and digital expertise help us reach new audiences and keep our valued customers informed about the latest developments at Dantek. 📣📈📱

Compliance Team: Ensuring that we meet and exceed regulatory and industry standards is a non-negotiable commitment at Dantek. Our compliance team is responsible for staying up-to-date with ever-evolving regulations and ensuring that our operations adhere to the highest ethical and legal standards. Their attention to compliance gives you peace of mind when choosing Dantek for your projects. 📜✅🔍

Our team at Dantek is united by a common goal – to provide you with exceptional service and solutions. Together, our dedicated teams – from the office to the field, finance to compliance – form the strong foundation on which Dantek stands. 🤝🌟

If you’d like to join our dedicated team at Dantek and be part of our mission to ensure water safety and compliance for businesses across the UK, we’d love to hear from you! 💼👨‍💼 Discover our current job openings on Indeed or by visiting our website at https://dantekenvironmental.co.uk/jobs. Feel free to reach out to us at ☎️ 01454 417 920 or 📧 email jobs@dantek.co.uk to inquire about exciting career opportunities with us.

And for those looking to become one of our valued customers and experience the benefits of our expert water hygiene and treatment services, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Whether you have questions, need a quote, or are ready to enhance your water system’s performance, you can contact us at any time by calling us at the same number, ☎️ 01454 417 920, or reaching out to 📧 sales@dantek.co.uk. We’re here to support your water hygiene needs and help your business thrive in a safe and compliant environment. 💧🏢

Thank you once again to all our customers, followers, and staff! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for choosing Dantek, and we look forward to working with you in 2024. 🎉🥳🥂

Legionella Safety – Importance of a Written Scheme of Control

In the fast-paced and dynamic sports industry, ensuring the safety and well-being of athletes, staff, and visitors is of utmost importance. One critical aspect of maintaining a safe environment is the effective management of water systems to prevent the growth and spread of Legionella bacteria. This blog post highlights the significance of a comprehensive Written Scheme of Control and its role in safeguarding the sports industry against Legionella risks.

Understanding the Written Scheme of Control:

A Written Scheme of Control is a vital risk management document that outlines the measures necessary to control the risk of Legionella exposure in water systems. It provides clear guidance on implementing and managing these measures to ensure water system safety.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The first crucial element of a Written Scheme of Control is defining the roles and responsibilities of key personnel within the sports organization. This includes identifying the overall responsible person and statutory site duty holder who hold ultimate responsibility for the safety of all individuals within the sports community. Additionally, it specifies the person in charge of the day-to-day implementation of the Legionella control policy.

Risk Identification and Control Measures:

The Written Scheme of Control should comprehensively address the risks associated with Legionella and outline the specific control tasks that will be implemented. This involves identifying potential sources of Legionella contamination, such as cooling towers, showers, and other water systems present in the sports facility. The document then describes the control measures that will be employed to mitigate these risks effectively.

Water Hygiene Provider Contact Details:

If applicable, the Written Scheme of Control should include contact information for the water hygiene provider responsible for supporting the organization in implementing the control measures. This ensures that the sports facility can seek expert assistance and guidance whenever necessary.

Record Keeping:

Accurate record keeping is crucial for monitoring and maintaining water system safety. The Written Scheme of Control should outline the procedures and requirements for record keeping, including documentation of regular inspections, maintenance activities, and any remedial actions taken.

Audit and Noncompliance Escalation:

To ensure the ongoing effectiveness of the control regime, regular audits of the Legionella control measures should be conducted. The Written Scheme of Control should detail the audit process, including how noncompliance issues will be addressed and escalated within the organization.

Schematic Drawing:

Including a schematic drawing of the water systems within the sports facility can be highly beneficial. This visual representation helps stakeholders better understand the layout of the systems, aiding in the identification of potential risks and facilitating effective control measures.

Plant Shutdown Procedures:

In the event of maintenance or emergency situations, clear procedures for the shutdown and commissioning of water systems should be documented. The Written Scheme of Control should outline the steps to be followed to ensure proper shutdown and safe restart of the systems.

Risk Assessment Review Procedure:

Regular review of the Legionella risk assessment is essential to ensure that control measures remain up to date and relevant. The Written Scheme of Control should outline the procedure for conducting periodic reviews and any necessary updates to the control measures based on new information or changing circumstances.

Emergency Procedures:

The Written Scheme of Control should include detailed emergency procedures to be followed in the event of a suspected or confirmed outbreak of Legionella. This ensures that the organization can respond promptly and effectively, minimizing the impact of the outbreak on the sports community.

A robust Written Scheme of Control is a vital tool for the sports industry to manage and mitigate the risks associated with Legionella in water systems. By clearly defining roles and responsibilities, outlining control measures, and providing procedures for various scenarios, sports organizations can ensure the safety of athletes, staff, and visitors. Regular review and adherence to the Written Scheme of Control are essential for maintaining water system safety and protecting the well-being of all individuals involved in the sports industry.

Dantek can help: Streamline Legionella Risk Management with Our Custom Written Scheme of Control Template

In the world of Legionella risk management, having a clear and comprehensive plan in place is essential. As an optional extra following your Legionella risk assessment, we are delighted to offer a custom written scheme of control template. This document serves as a live guide, providing step-by-step instructions tailored to your specific site, ensuring effective management of Legionella risks. It is important to note that while this template is a valuable resource, it requires input and ownership from your organization’s management team, particularly the statutory duty holder and responsible person.

A Site-Specific Approach:

Our custom-written scheme of control template takes into account the unique characteristics of your site. By addressing the Legionella risks on a site-specific basis, you can be confident that the control measures outlined in the document align with your facility’s specific needs. This tailored approach ensures a more efficient and effective management strategy.

Ownership and Responsibility:

The statutory duty holder and responsible person play crucial roles in the successful implementation of the written scheme of control. It is their responsibility to review the template and make any necessary amendments to accurately reflect how your organization operates in managing the control scheme for Legionella risk. By taking ownership of the document, you can ensure that it aligns with your organization’s practices and procedures.

Key Components of the Template:

Our written scheme of control template covers all the necessary elements to prevent the growth and proliferation of Legionella bacteria. It clearly specifies the control measures required, providing a comprehensive framework for managing Legionella risks. Additionally, the template describes the procedures for implementing and executing these control measures, ensuring consistency in their application. It also outlines how your organization will allocate and manage the control tasks, ensuring clear responsibilities and accountability.

Referring to HSG274 Part 2:

For a summary of the requirements of a written scheme, we encourage you to refer to appendix 2.2, page 55, of HSG274 Part 2. This publication by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides valuable insights and guidance to complement our template, ensuring that you are well-informed and compliant with the relevant standards. https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg274part2.pdf

Completion of Blue Text Fields:

To personalize the written scheme of the control template, certain fields are highlighted in blue text. It is the responsibility of the responsible person or statutory duty holder within your organization to complete these fields, ensuring that the document accurately reflects your specific operations and procedures.

Managing Legionella Safety in the Sports Industry requires a systematic and tailored approach. With our custom-written scheme of control template, you can streamline your Legionella risk management efforts, ensuring compliance and effective risk mitigation. Remember, it is crucial for the statutory duty holder and responsible person to review and personalize the document to align with your organization’s practices. Take advantage of this valuable resource and proactively protect the health and well-being of all individuals within your facility and ensure the highest standards of legionella safety in the sports industry.

Should you require any further assistance or wish to discuss your specific requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us. At Dantek we are here to support you and ensure the highest standards of Legionella Safety Sports Industry. Please call 01454 417 920 or e mail sales@dantek.co.uk https://www.dantekenvironmental.co.uk/contact-us/

 

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